About the School

Media workshop 2016


The School of Journalism and Strategic Media (SJSM), formerly the Lemke Journalism Department, ranks among the elite, fully accredited J-schools in the country. SJSM is one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas with nearly 700 enrolled students.

Students in our degree programs receive instruction, guidance and hands-on experience both in the classroom and out in the field. SJSM works hard to ensure all students have access to scholarships, internships, interactive projects and inclusive student media on their path to becoming media professionals.

Our faculty members are accomplished, seasoned professionals in their fields who are actively engaged in scholarship for the media disciplines they teach. The SJSM faculty includes members of the press who've spent years on staff major national newspapers, a former White House correspondent, an Associated Press correspondent who covered the U.S. Supreme Court, three Emmy award winners for documentary, the manager of the National Public Radio station for Northwest Arkansas and more. Our advertising/public relations faculty conducts extensive research to publish on topics ranging from international advertising issues in Ghana to advertiser marketing to children.

Key Facts and Figures

Larry Foley Department Chair

Larry Foley

Department Chair

Jan Wicks Vice Chair

Dr. Jan Wicks

Vice Chair

Rob Wells Grad Coordinator

Dr. Rob Wells

Graduate Program Director

Our Mission

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas prepares students to be innovative and ethical media professionals and scholars in the digital world. The faculty is engaged in scholarly and professional pursuits, bringing fresh approaches to challenges faced by media. Our students gain conceptual knowledge and practical skills from a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and mastery of state-of-the-art technology. Students learn the importance of diversity, which requires the inclusion of voices from all economic backgrounds, ages, races, genders and religions in pursuit of accurate coverage of our pluralistic society.



In Fall 2018, SJSM will fully move into its state-of-the-art student media center and new digs at Kimpel Hall. Students, faculty and staff now have access to the best in equipment, media resources, and classroom and meeting space.

Rendering of new student media center

ACEJMC Accreditation

SJSM is an accredited journalism program under the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Learn more about the ACEJMC core values we uphold and key figures from our program.



Student interviewing source 

Alumni Corner

We're proud of all our SJSM graduates. The Alumni Corner is the place to find success stories in new media careers, get inspiration and stay connected with other members of the SJSM family.

TJ Holmes in the classroom



Stay connected to SJSM
School of Journalism and Strategic Media
University of Arkansas
205 Kimpel Hall
Fayetteville AR 72701
Phone: 479-575-3601
Larry Foley, Department Chair
Rob Wells, Graduate Coordinator